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Strep throat: symptoms and treatment

December 21st, 2017

Strep throat: symptoms and treatment

By uclahealth uclahealth

Up to 30 percent of sore throats among children between the ages of 5 and 15 are due to group A Streptococcus (strep), a contagious bacterial infection that causes fever, sudden onset of a sore throat, swollen tonsils and painful swallowing. With appropriate treatment, however, most symptoms completely resolve within one week. Diagnosis and treatment […]

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Tags: A Streptococcus, antibiotics, fever, hand washing, health tips for parents, infectious diseases, painful swallowing, strep throat, swollen tonsils, UCLA Mattel Children's Hospital


Five Tips to Avoid Toy-Related Eye Injuries

December 12th, 2017

Five Tips to Avoid Toy-Related Eye Injuries

By uclahealth uclahealth

With the holiday shopping season now in full swing, UCLA Stein Eye and Doheny Eye Institutes  join the American Academy of Ophthalmology in reminding the public of certain safety guidelines when choosing the perfect gifts for little ones in their lives. A number of recent studies have shown that some popular toy types are commonly […]

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Tags: American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO), children's health, eye, eye health, eye safety, toy related eye injuries, UCLA Mattel Children's Hospital, UCLA Stein Eye and Doheny Eye Institutes


Tips for safe sleeping during baby’s first year

December 1st, 2017

Tips for safe sleeping during baby’s first year

By uclahealth uclahealth

Exhausted parents don’t need one more thing to keep them up at night. But this alarming statistic might do just that: Each year, around 3,500 babies in the United States die from unsafe sleep situations. These unexplained deaths often occur in healthy babies under one year of age. The cause is labeled sudden infant death […]

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Tags: American Academy of Pediatrics, baby safety, back-to-sleep rule, healthy babies, healthy sleep habits in babies, SIDS, sudden infant death syndrome, UCLA Mattel Children's Hospital


My Son's Brain Tumor

November 29th, 2017

My Son’s Brain Tumor

By uclahealth uclahealth

Last year in March, I received a call from the school nurse. Saying “C” is alright but I wanted to call because today in class he said he blacked out, didn’t know what was going on. The Nurse said he possibly had a seizure, and to please take him in to see his doctor. I […]

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Tags: autistic children, biopsy, black outs, CT scan, Dr. Aria Fallah, emergency room, ER, featured, high functioning autistic, hormone changes, hormones, infectious disease


What are speech disorders?

November 27th, 2017

What are speech disorders?

By uclahealth uclahealth

A lisp or mild stuttering in children can be endearing, but they can also indicate an underlying speech disorder that may need attention. Up to nine percent of children in the U.S. will have some type of speech or sound disorder. Most of these children can avoid longer-term speech and language problems with early intervention. […]

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Tags: autism, behavioral pediatrics, diagnosing speech disorders, fluency, hearing loss, language, play-based therapy, speech, speech articulation, speech disorders, speech pathology


For children with autism, sleep is the essential ingredient in any treatment plan

November 17th, 2017

For children with autism, sleep is the essential ingredient in any treatment plan

By Leigh Hopper leighhopper

When Dr. Shafali Jeste first started seeing children through UCLA’s Developmental Neurogenetics Clinic, she expected most visits to focus on the medical management of epilepsy, attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder, or behavioral challenges. Jeste, a behavioral child neurologist, specializes in children with rare genetic variants and syndromes associated with autism spectrum disorder. Almost half of her patients […]

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Tags: autism, insomnia, neurology, pediatric neurology


October 31st, 2017

Toys from the Heart

By HRHJudy judy12

Vivian Prickett was born with a complex congenital heart defect and spent the first six months of her life in the NICU. At just 10 days old she had open heart surgery.

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Tags: CHD, Children's Heart Center, congenital heart defect, featured, heart, Mark Sklansky MD, patient stories, pediatric cardiology, UCLA Mattel Children's Hospital


How to discuss difficult news with your child

October 27th, 2017

How to discuss difficult news with your child

By uclahealth uclahealth

When children are exposed to news of violent and tragic events, such as natural disasters or mass shootings, they may start to worry that something similar could happen to them or their loved ones. By openly discussing these events and outlining the family’s emergency preparedness plan, parents can alleviate their child’s concerns and model healthy […]

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Tags: health tips, health tips for parents, meaningful ways to cope, parent modeling, sharing difficult news with children, tragic news, UCLA Mattel Children's Hospital


Dribble for the Cure annual event raises more than $192,000 to combat pediatric cancer

October 25th, 2017

Dribble for the Cure annual event raises more than $192,000 to combat pediatric cancer

By Ryan Hatoum rhatoum

UCLA’s 10th annual Dribble for the Cure event, a rally generating funds for the research and treatment of pediatric cancer, drew over 1,200 participants and $192,000 — a record on both counts compared to past years. Each year, participants gather on UCLA’s campus and dribble basketballs alongside the UCLA men’s and women’s basketball teams. This […]

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Tags: Dr. Theodore Bruce Moore, Dr. Theodore Moore, dribble for the cure


How to tell if your child has a learning disability

October 8th, 2017

How to tell if your child has a learning disability

By uclahealth uclahealth

Learning disorders affect at least one in 10 children, according to the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Developing an awareness of the more common types of learning disorders and their symptoms can help parents ensure their children receive the help they need as soon as possible. Auditory processing disorder This is a condition […]

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Tags: auditory disorder, dyscalculia, dysgraphia, dyslexia, learning ability, learning disability, learning disorders, UCLA Mattel Children's Hospital